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Lily of the valley: planting, cultivation, maintenance and flowering

Lily of the valley offers us magnificent bells at 1er may. This iconic little plant can be grown in the ground, in pots or in a planter, in the countryside and in the city. Rustic, it is not demanding in terms of maintenance. She just needs a always fresh ground but beware of excess water which inevitably leads to gray rot. Let’s see how to plant lily of the valley and why it is highly advisable to cut your flowers as soon as they are wilted.

Plant lily of the valley

It is from theautumn that we plant the lily of the valley to enjoy its flowering the following year in April May. However, it is possible to plant it in the spring when all risk of frost has been ruled out, but it will take a year to see its pretty scented bells bloom. We can however hasten its flowering by creating an atmosphere similar to that of a greenhouse. Just cover each foot with half a plastic bottle.

Lily of the valley loves loamy soils, fresh, well drained, light that we took care to enrich in humus. It is the small plant of the land of undergrowth par excellence, but it can also be installed in a rockery, in massif or in a flower bed preferably under the trees. Its exposure must indeed be judiciously chosen. We plant the lily of the valley half shade, even atshadow because it fears the sun, in the ground or in pots, following the following planting method.

  • Beaker to a depth of at least 25 cm,
  • Remove all the weed roots and loosen the soil,
  • Mix with the topsoil of potting soil, humus or a layer of leaves so that the soil is well enriched,
  • Dig a hole 15 cm deep,
  • Introduce the rhizome point upwards, taking care not to push it too deeply and to spread its claws (roots) without damaging them (they are particularly fragile),
  • Cover with the enriched soil so that the bud is just at the limit of the soil surface and it is barely covered with soil because if it is planted too deep, the lily of the valley will not bloom,
  • Pack enough around the plant,
  • Water copiously.

If you want to plant several lily of the valley rhizomes, you must separate them by ten centimeters one another. There is a maximum of 15 claws per square meter so that the feet have enough space to develop well. It is interesting to cultivate different varieties of lily of the valley, knowing that we can find many cultivars today. We can thus create a carpet with a heady scent and whose bells are available in different colors (white, pink, dotted with red dots) and with plain, variegated, streaked foliage …

For a culture of lily of the valley in pot It is advisable to choose a container with a pierced bottom and about fifteen centimeters in diameter. Drainage must be guaranteed either by a supply of sand which is mixed with the growing soil, or by a layer of clay balls or gravel placed at the bottom of the pot.

Maintain thrush

Thrush is able to form a carpet as soon as it is planted in suitable soil and its exposure pleases it. This easy-to-grow plant has only one requirement: a careful watering.

During the summer or at any other time in case of great drought, it is indeed necessary to water it in order to maintain the freshness of the soil. However, watering should be moderate because lily of the valley hates soggy floors which promote rotting. A good compromise must therefore be found, knowing that the soil must in no case dry out… Keeping the soil cool and moist guarantees abundant flowering the following year.

Dry leaves fall spontaneously. There is no need to worry about it. This hardy plant being able to withstand down to -25 ° C, it can spend the winter outdoors without a hitch.

A hoeing time is useful to keep the soil loose, cool, to eliminate weeds, and to check that the Red-headed Hepial caterpillars do not attack rhizomes. If this is the case, you can use a natural repellent spray, such as fern manure or garlic manure.

It is strongly recommended that you handle small red berries thrush with gloves because they are extremely toxic. To be on the safe side, we recommend cutting faded flowers immediately so that the fruits do not form. You have to be very careful with young children, but also with pets because the little red balls of lily of the valley are particularly attractive. Avoiding their formation eliminates the risk of poisoning.

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